Trump cancels trip to Poland ahead of Hurricane Dorian
President Donald Trump said he will not travel to Poland this weekend as planned, due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Dorian on America’s east coast.
“To ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm, I have decided to send our vice-president Mike Pence to Poland this weekend in my place,” Mr Trump announced from the White House on Thursday, adding it was “very important” for him to remain in the US.
Government forecasters have warned Dorian could grow into a Category 4 hurricane by the time it makes an expected landfall along Florida’s eastern coastline on Monday, threatening the region with heavy rainfall and winds. Florida governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency.
Dorian, now a Category 1 storm, had maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour as it churned north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration.
The cancellation is a blow for Poland’s government, which has invested huge energy in building relations with the US president, and recently managed to persuade him to send 1,000 extra troops to the central European country.
During Mr Trump’s visit, which would have been his second official appearance in Warsaw in as many years, Poland and the US had been due to sign agreements on a number of matters, including military co-operation and 5G technology.
Mr Trump had also been expected to announce that he intended to nominate Poland for the US waiver scheme, something Warsaw has long wanted. It was unclear on Thursday night whether those deals would now be postponed.
Mr Trump said Wednesday he has spoken to Polish president Andrzej Duda and will reschedule his trip to the country “in the near future”.